Just on the surface, I wonder as the National Football League’s higher ups watched Sunday’s game if they ever gave a thought to start demanding that all Super Bowls be played in Dome Stadiums. It was almost a shame to have to watch the two best teams in the league have to play Sunday’s title game in the steady rain in Miami that for sure had an effect on the game as far as footing and gripping the ball. I am all about playing in conditions that are not exactly perfect, but I guess my mind on playing the championship game with bad conditions makes me think they should take the weather equation out of the picture all together and just play the Bowl in domes.
I realize that its rare for Miami to have the type of rain they had on Sunday, but it for sure made for a different looking game. Super Bowls are supposed to be played on great fields under perfect weather conditions so you can leave the guesswork of who the better team is on the field. I’m not saying that if it was 75 and no rain that the Bears would have won the game, but I think that it would have given us an even more clearer indication of the better team once the final gun sounded.
And how about being a fan at the game on Sunday? Could you imagine for one second paying thousands (most tickets went between $2500-$5000 on the broker market for the game) and then having to sit in a wet seat and be soaked the whole game? Umbrellas were banned inside the stadium, and most people wore ponchos, and many that didn’t have anything watched a lot of the game on TV in the concourses.
League officials had to be cringing at the sight of rain on the field as the warmups took place, and even had to be more distraught as the game continued under a steady rain that made it tough for either QB to throw the ball without the risk of it slipping. The game was filled early on with turnovers (6 in the first half) and you have to wonder how many of those directly were due to the wet balls and wet surface at Dolphin Stadium. The elements are part of football, I get that and most of the fans in and around the world get that, but for what should have been a classic matchup on Sunday the rain really put a damper on a lot of the game.